Now THAT is a Farmers Market

I don't have anything against the Anacortes Farmers Market; the bounty of the Skagit Valley, and access to it, is important to me; it is neat to see people behind the counter that I recognize; and Samish Bay cheese will always hold a special place in my heart. But compared to the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, it leaves much to be desired.

Yesterday, I journeyed downtown via my favorite form of public transportation (non-bus) to bask in all the local foods that NW Oregon has to provide. What did I see? Berries, cherries, buffalo meat, goat cheese, mushrooms, honey, walnuts, veggies, oysters, flowers, bread, and so much more. And there wasn't just one stand for each, but lots to choose from. The fruit stands alone were easily larger than the whole of the Anacortes Farmers Market. Although I ended up only coming away with cherries, a focaccia bread, and some chipotle cheddar, I could have easily spend about $200 dollars and had myself quite the little feast.

Speak of feasts, not only was there fresh local produce etc., but there were food stands to beat the band: pizza by the slice, organic breakfast burritos, and plenty more that I would have loved to sampled. I decided on a spicy sausage with grilled onions and green peppers. I sat and enjoyed my lunch while listening to the [local, (I assume)] band rocking out on stage. Yep, the Portland Farmers Market is a good way to spend a day.
Sunday July 15 2007File under: food, travel

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on Sun 15th Jul, 2007 11:12 am PDT Saxtor said:
The last time I was in Portland, I managed to squeeze in about 10 total minutes downtown, and those 10 minutes were spent at said farmer's market. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Some of the other far-off and smaller farmer's markets (the ones in the Hollywood and Belmont neighborhoods, in particular) have aspects that are better, despite being smaller than the downtown bigboy.
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on Sun 15th Jul, 2007 01:08 pm PDT MOM said:
Wren, whaddaya say we flex the rules a bit for our local foods party to expand the territory to include Portland? This blog post is making my mouth water.
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on Sun 15th Jul, 2007 01:46 pm PDT Chris said:
Yeah, I gotta see if I can find something in Ohio, Texas was not the place for bounty or organic unless you want beef. Most of the cities I've been in lately have a groccery store with an "Organic" food section which means they have soy milk and a few pieces of produce they claim to be organic. Someday I shall retrun to the fabled land of the Northwest and take back my birthright of delicious food!
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on Sun 15th Jul, 2007 04:43 pm PDT cardboard said:
judging by saxtors comment i think its safe to say one could look at the downtown farmers market and say "thats your big boy"
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